In most cases, bad breath comes from the mouth. Therefore, maintaining good oral hygiene is very important to prevent bad breath.
What is bad breath?
Your mouth contains bacteria which break down food debris. This breakdown process generates bad-smelling gases, known as volatile sulphur compounds.
Causes of bad breath
There are many causes of bad breath and one of them is poor oral hygiene. Bacteria build-ups around and between your teeth can cause an unpleasant odour. These bacteria also produce acid when you eat and can lead to cavities.
If you suffer from gum inflammation (gingivitis) or loosening of teeth (periodontitis), your mouth contains an extra amount of bacteria that contribute to bad breath. In these cases, professional treatment of the diseases is necessary to help cure bad breath.
Bacteria also thrive on the top surface of the tongue and reducing these bacteria is an important part of treating bad breath.
Bad breath can also be caused by strongly flavoured food and strong-smelling drinks such as coffee and alcohol. Bad breath caused by eating and drinking is often temporary. Medication and some medical conditions may be a source of bad breath, contact your health professional for advice.
Treating bad breath
Depending on the cause of your bad breath the treatment can vary. Usually, good oral hygiene is effective – cleaning your gums and teeth twice a day, as well as cleaning between your teeth with interdental brushes or dental floss. Use a tongue cleaner to prevent the build-up of bacteria on your tongue and reduce bad breath.
Visit your dentist for regular check-ups of your oral hygiene. Your dentist can recommend you the best way to keep your teeth, gums and mouth healthy and will help you remove plaque build-up.
How to prevent bad breath
The most efficient way to prevent bad breath is to maintain a good daily oral hygiene routine.
- Brush your teeth with a gentle toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
- Use an interdental brush or dental floss to clean between the teeth, where the most bacteria hide.
- Use a tongue cleaner to remove bacteria from the tongue surface
- Visit your dentist regularly for a check-up of your oral hygiene.
TePe Tongue Cleaner™
Complete your cleaning routine by using a tongue cleaner. Bacteria gather on top of your tongue surface, removing these may reduce bad breath.